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diablerie

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noun di·a·ble·rie \dē-ˈä-blə-(ˌ)rē, -ˈa-blə-\

Definition of diablerie

  1. 1 :  black magic :  sorcery

  2. 2 a :  a representation in words or pictures of black magic or of dealings with the devil b :  demon lore

  3. 3 :  mischievous conduct or manner



Examples of diablerie

  1. <the boy, who was once filled with diablerie, grew up to be a staid and rather dull man>

  2. <since the common folk had an unshakable belief in a personal devil, a charge of diablerie was taken seriously>



Origin of diablerie

French, from Old French, from dïable devil, from Late Latin diabolus — more at devil


First Known Use: 1751


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